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China’s cultivation of Jared Kushner as an asset shows he’s ‘ideal target’ for foreign agents: CNN analyst

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Jared Kushner has been cultivated as an asset by the Chinese government thanks to his total lack of political experience and outsized reach within the federal government, said CNN on Saturday.

Anchor Ana Cabrera welcomed Adam Entous, one of the authors of a bombshell New Yorker article that said Kushner has violated protocols by meeting with China’s ambassador alone and that President Donald Trump’s son-in-law still does not have a permanent security clearance.

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Entous explained that the relationship between China’s ambassador and Kushner was brokered by former Sec. of State Henry Kissinger, who introduced the two men during the 2016 presidential campaign.

The FBI met with Kushner during the transition to warn him about potential security risks, but Entous said Kushner’s family is heavily invested in Chinese holdings, which gives the Chinese government a possible lever of influence.

CNN security analyst Samantha Vinograd said that Kushner’s lack of experience and unprecedented access to U.S. state secrets make him an “ideal foreign intelligence target.”

“The Russians and the Chinese are the top of the list from a counterintelligence perspective,” said Vinograd. “Jared Kushner has the access, the influence and the inexperience that foreign intelligence services often try to manipulate.”

Those agencies find people who can get them information they want and affect policy decisions. Furthermore, she said, they try to find someone with “some kind of secret that can be manipulated” like a drug addiction or “undisclosed foreign contacts or undisclosed or misreported financial transactions.”

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Burger King unveils Whopper from cows on green diet

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For those seeking to tackle climate change and get a fast food fix, Burger King has the answer -- a Whopper from cows that fart and burp less.

The fast-food giant announced Tuesday that select restaurants in five US cities -- New York, Miami, Portland, Los Angeles and Austin, Texas -- would be serving Whoppers made from "reduced methane emissions" beef.

The chain says that adding just 100 grams of lemongrass leaves to a cow's diet late in life could reduce their output of methane, a greenhouse gas responsible for global warming.

Initial study results revealed an up to 33 percent reduction in methane emissions from cows on the new diet in the last three to four months of their lives, Burger King said.

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While coronavirus cases spike in the South, the Northeast seems to have it under control – here’s what changed

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Hospital Capacity Crosses Tipping Point in U.S. Coronavirus Hot Spots” – Wall Street Journal

This is a headline I hoped to not see again after the number of coronavirus infections had finally started to decline in the Northeast and Pacific Northwest. However, the pandemic has now shifted to the South and the West – with Arizona, Florida, California and Texas as hot spots.

At the same time, cases, hospitalizations and the percentage of positive tests in Northeastern states have declined. New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo recently declared, “We now have the lowest transmission rate in the United States of America.” In fact, there are now more daily hospitalizations in Arizona than in New York, Pennsylvania and the entire Northeast combined.

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Trump wallowing in self-pity as COVID-19 pandemic derails his re-election plans: report

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According to a report from Bloomberg, a "struggling" Donald Trump is not making any effort to disguise his disappointment that his plans to serve a second term as president have fallen to pieces due to both coronavirus pandemic and the collapse of the economy -- including massive job losses -- that ensued after the country shut down.

With presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden taking leads both nationally and in previously reliable Republican states like Florida, Texas and North Carolina, the Bloomberg report notes that the embattled president can't help but indulge in self-pity in front of the press and public.

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